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This is the website of David Hamilton (b. 1955), one of New Zealand's most widely performed composers. Until 2001 Head of Music at Epsom Girls Grammar School in Auckland, from 2002 he has been concentrating on composing, reducing teaching commitments to part-time. He continued to work with Opus, the top choir of Epsom Girls Grammar School until the end of 2003, and conducted St Mary's Schola (St Mary's College 2008-2012). He was a foundation member of the New Zealand Youth Choir (1979-1982), has been composer-in-residence with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra (1999), and has also been Deputy Music Director of Auckland Choral (1996-2011).

With a strong interest and involvement in choral music, Hamilton's music is being increasingly performed by choirs around the world. Recent significant performances have been in Italy, Japan, Singapore, Taiwan, and the USA, and works have been commissioned by choirs in England, Japan, Ireland, the USA and Finland.

He is also active as a choral adjudicator, and is in demand as a workshop presenter in New Zealand and overseas. He has lectured in both the School of Music and School of Education at the University of Auckland. In 2013 he was guest composer at 'Sing Aotearoa', and in early 2015 he was composer-in-residence at the NZ Singing School.

He is also busy as a choral conductor with community choirs, having worked with Tauranga Civic Choir, Napier Civic Choir, Pakuranga Choral Society, Taupo Choral Society and South Auckland Choral Society, as well as conducting Auckland Choral on several occasions. From 2017 he has been appointed as Principal Guest Conductor with Pakuranga Choral Society.

Full biographical details and lists of works can be accessed on other pages.


Some YouTube videos of performances from the 2016 Big Sing finale...

"Joy" performed by Choralation conducted by Rowan Johnston


"Karakia of the Moon" performed by Canatare conducted by Fiona Wilson


"Come Sleep, Oh Sleep" performed by Bel Canto conducted by Sue Densem











Works completed through to November are:

(soprano and baritone soloists, SAATBB choir, 2 pianos and 6 percussion) - commissioned by Auckland Choral
(SSAATTBB, organ) - for Choralation (Westlake Girls and Boys High schools)
"Karakia of the Moon" (SSAA, piano) - for Cantare (Westlake Girls High School)
"The Stars are with the Voyager" (SA, piano) - for Nota Bella (Westlake Girls High School)
"Floradora Doe" (SA, piano) - for En Masse (Westlake Girls High School)
"Parlour Games"
(string quartet) - for the Jade Quartet
"When the Sun Comes After  Rain" (SATB, piano) - for ACG Parnell Chamber Choir
"The Musical Director" (SATB, piano) - for Taupo Choral Society on the occasion of its 40th birthday
"Elemental Haiku" (piano solo)
"The Jonbar Hinge" (for trumpet, bass trombone, violin, viola and piano duet) - for students of ACG Parnell College
"Te Rangatira ai" (SSA, flute and piano) - commissioned by Waikato Diocesan School, Hamilton
"May the Light that Shows the Way" (unison voices and/or choir, piano/organ) - commissioned by the Community of St Luke, Auckland
"The Dark and Shining Tide" (SSAA, flute, percussion, string quartet and piano) - for Cantare (Westlake Girls High School)
"To A Child" (SSATB)
"I am Growing a Glorious Garden" (SA, piano) - for En Masse (Westlake Girls High School)

Still ahead is a centennial work for Epsom Girls Grammar School, and a new work for the NZ Choral Federation branch in the Hawkes Bay.



The premiere of "The Faraday Cage" on 16 September 2015 (with subsequent performances on the 18th and 20th) generated some very positive reviews and also this article in the NZ Herald. Headlined "Emotional contact is essential" the article covered some of my philosophy of composition, in particular the importance of working with community groups. Here is the link:




On the "Music" page is a sample of "In Flanders Fields" for SATB choir and piano. Composed for the 2013 Passchendaele commemoration at Auckland Museum, it becoming a popular piece for ANZAC Day commemorations also. Available in a version for SSA and piano, and also available with orchestral accompaniment.

Feel free to contact me if you want any further information on anything - my contact details are on the Contact Me page.